Hyderabad: Due to a shortage of vaccination, the Telangana government has suspended the vaccination drive in government vaccination centres on Sunday.

The Director of Public Health. Dr G Srinivasa Rao on Saturday informed that on April 18, there will not be any Covid vaccination in the Government Covid Vaccination centre's(GCVCs) across the state. However, vaccination will be continued from Monday onwards as per the schedule.

During the press briefing on Saturday, the Director of Public Health said that only two lakh doses of vaccine are left with the state which is expected to last by Saturday night or Sunday. He also informed that the state is expecting 2.7 lakh doses of vaccine by Saturday night.

There is a shortage of vaccines at private and corporate hospitals too.

On Friday, 1,75,239 first and second doses of the vaccine were administered in the state. A record of 1,51,999 people got their first shots during the day. So far, a total of 3,49,842 people have completed their two-dose vaccination cycle while 24,51,968 people got their first dose. However, scores of people complained that they were not able to get the first one, and some said they could not get the second dose.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported the highest single-day spike with 4,446 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

The previous highest single-day spike was on April 15 when the state reported 3,840 COVID positive cases.

The overall tally has touched 3,46,331 in the state.

Fifteen districts of Telangana reported cases in triple-digit numbers. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area on Friday reported 598 new cases. Neighboring Rangareddy district reported 326 new cases. Medchal Malkajgiri reported 435 and Sangareddy 235 new cases.

Other districts of Telangana are also seeing a surge in cases. Nizamabad on Friday reported 314 new cases while Kamareddy reported 184 cases, Jagtial reported 180 cases. Nalgonda reported168 cases, Nirmal 160 cases, Karimnagar 149 cases, Khammam 148 cases, Mahaboobnagar 139 cases, Warangal Urban 136 cases, Mancherial reported 121 cases and Siddipet 111 cases.

The state reported twelve new deaths on April 16 taking the overall toll to 1,809. The fatality rate in the state is 0.52 percent which is less than the national average of 1.2 percent.

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